JWST undamaged from payload processing incident
by Jeff Foust —
WASHINGTON — Launch preparations for NASA’s James Webb Residence Telescope will resume after trying out stumbled on no injury to the spacecraft from a payload processing incident earlier this month.
NASA announced leisurely Nov. 24 that trying out of JWST stumbled on no sign of hurt to any of its parts after a clamp band, which secures the spacecraft to its start car adapter, suddenly and without be aware released for the duration of payload processing work by Arianespace. The starting up of the clamp band imparted vibrations to the telescope that challenge officers panicked could well cling broken it.
NASA did not discuss the converse trying out performed, or the parts that had been of difficulty, however said in the commentary that an anomaly board concluded that no observatory parts had been broken by the take a look at. Fueling of JWST, the subsequent main step in making engaging the spacecraft for start, is scheduled to begin Nov. 25 and employ about 10 days.
The approval to switch the spacecraft into fueling keeps the mission now on observe for a revised start date of Dec. 22, four days later than previously planned. Liftoff of the Ariane 5 carrying JWST is scheduled for 7: 20 a.m. Jap that day from Kourou, French Guiana.
The incident took location Nov. 9, however NASA did not expose it till a Nov. 22 announcement that it become as soon as delaying the starting up four days to habits spacecraft trying out. Company officers did not level out it for the duration of a pair of Nov. 18 briefings about JWST’s science targets and instrumentation, saying at the time fueling become as soon as scheduled to begin in just a few days to make a selection the mission now on observe for a Dec. 18 start.